Bury St Edmunds: Community gets together to spruce up Howard Estate memorial garden

YOUNG fingers and older fingers got to work in sprucing up a memorial garden in Bury St Edmunds ahead of a visit by horticultural judges.

Children from Howard Community Primary School were joined by members of the estate’s over-60s club and others from the community in planting new shrubs and flowers at the garden at St Olaves Precinct to ensure it looks its best for Anglia in Bloom judges.

The garden has a special link with Senior Aircraftman Luke Southgate, 20, from the area and who died in Afghanistan, as Bury in Bloom gifted a tree there to the community in his memory.

Bury in Bloom campaign manager Julia Rackowe said his two brothers and sister joined them at the special site to help with the planting.

She added how the Howard Primary children had been put forward for an Anglia in Bloom award for the work they have done at the garden.

“We have got high hopes for the Howard Primary School children because they have made a wonderful effort to create this oasis of calm in a busy bit of Bury really.

“They have got their handprints set in stone around one of the trees there, they litter pick, they weed and all these sorts of things. It’s a lovely site to bring the judges to look at.”

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The Anglian in Bloom judges will be taken on a tour of the town on July 19.

Ms Rackowe added: “We are proud of the work we do outside the town centre as well as in the town centre.”

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